British Squash Open: Joshna lone survivor

The 12th seed defeated Australia’s Rachael Grinham.

Joshna Chinappa will next face Egypt’s World No. 3 Raneem El Welily for a place in the quarterfinals.   -  Ritu Raj Konwar

India's leading player, Joshna Chinappa was the lone survivor after Dipika Pallikal Karthik fell in the first round in the prestigious British Squash Open here late on Tuesday.

Earlier in the men's section, Saurav Ghosal failed to cross the qualification phase, losing in the final round to Alan Clyne Scotland in straight games 11-7, 11-4,11-4. Only a week ago Saurav had lost to the same player in the semifinal of the Wimbledon Club tournament.

The two ladies, Joshna and Dipika, on the other hand had direct entries to the main draw. Dipika was unfortunate to face Laura Masso of England straight away and the world number five carved out a comfortable 11-4, 11-5, 11-13,11-1 win. Joshna on the other hand took on Australian Raechel Grinham, a former world number one but had come in as a qualifier. Like Dipika, Joshna lost a game but she was in control to work out a 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 12-10 win to enter round two where she faces Raneem El Welily, the current world number three from Egypt.